BMW R1200 GS: ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT

This is the Queen Mary of the adventure world and BMW’s ADV line. The powerplant of the 1200GSA is a twin-cam, liquid-cooled boxer motor. Its electronics are advanced, including ABS at the base level and two standard ride modes—Rain and Road—that offer two completely focused riding experiences. In BMW terms, “adventure” translates into beefed-up suspension, protection, more fuel and, in this case, even a different frame. Dealers more commonly stock the premium package.

BMW 1200GS

Do you love extreme, long tours, even on bumpy roads? Do you enjoy stony paths or the wilderness? Whether it’s asphalt, offroad, rocks or sand: the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure has the right answers to every challenge with its light, agile handling. A machine for all those who want to go to their limits and grow beyond them. The R 1200 GS is for the real adventure-lovers among you.

The R 1200 GS Adventure is up for journeys and challenges of all types. With its powerful, robust and dynamic design, one look will tell you all you need to know about its character. Its wind, weather and engine guards lend it a highly distinctive look, with the bike’s visual focus moved further to the front. The powerful splash guard on the R 1200 GS Adventure gives it a feisty appearance. It’s ready to master any difficulties.

The R 1200 GS Adventure promises to always ride on – no matter what the challenge.

MSRP: BMW R1200 GS ADVENTURE (with Premium package) $20,545


SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine with balance shaft, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft, wet sump lubrication
Bore x stroke
101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity
1,170 cc
Rated output
125 hp (92 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque
92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 6,500 rpm
Compression ratio
12.5 : 1
Maximum speed
Over 125 mph
Fuel consumption
47 mpg (WMTC)
Fuel type
Premium Unleaded
Alternator
Three-phase 510 W generator
Battery
12 V / 11.8 Ah, maintenance-free
Clutch
Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox
Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical cut gears
Drive
Shaft drive 2.91:1
Frame
Two section frame, front- and bolted on rear frame, load bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspension
BMW Telelever, Ø 37 mm, central spring strut
Rear wheel location / suspension
Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) via handwheel, rebound damping adjustable via handwheel
Suspension travel front / rear
8.3” / 8.7” (210 mm / 220 mm)
Wheelbase
58.9″ (1,469 mm)
Castor
3.7” (95 mm)
Steering head angle
65.5°
Wheels
Cross-spoke wheels
Rim, front
3.00 x 19″
Rim, rear
4.50 x 17″
Tires, front
120/70 R 19
Tires, rear
170/60 R 17
Brake, front
Dual floating disc brakes, 4-piston fixed calipers, diameter 305 mm
Brake, rear
Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral, can be switched off)
Length
88.8” (2,255 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)
38.6” (980 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)
57.1” (1,450 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled
573 lbs (260 kg) 1)
Usable tank volume
7.9 gal
Reserve
Approx. 1 gal

 

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